Originally Posted by Plus Plus
Bruce's approach through the first 8 games of the season is no more indicative of a season-long trend than Gomes' is. Brantley was saying on the telecast last night that in the first few weeks of the season, pitchers are ahead of batters. There are times to worry about a player's performance and 8 games into the season (where the Reds are 6-2) is not it, in my opinion.
What it is indicative of; at least to me is that he is not Ryan Braun, Evan Longoria, Carlos Gonzalez yet. More over that the last two months of last season were a hot streak in which confidence was surging, not the maturation of a hitter. He is still the same old Bruce. Doesn't make him horrible, doesn't mean I want him traded or sent to AAA; it simply means he is not special yet.
I'm not stirring the pot. I discuss Bruce quite a bit for multiple reasons. I've followed his career since he was in AA. He's more interesting to me than arguing Janish or Renteria or Leake v. Homer Bailey.